The 14th Annual Run for the Arts 5k was held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Ocean Grove, N.J. It was staged by volunteers from the Jersey Shore Arts Center which is at the entrance to Ocean Grove in what was the old Neptune High School. There was also an accompanying 2 mile walk.
The weather was picture perfect for the race with low humidity, sunny skies and a bit of a chill in the air at the 9 a.m. start with temperatures barely 60 degrees.
The event attracted a record crowd of about 600 runners and walkers.
The course for the event was changed this year and it proved to be a spectacular one with a start on Main Street by the arches which mark the entrance to historic Ocean Grove taking the runners east through the business district down to the ocean front past the Great Auditorium by Wesly Lake and a finish alongside the Jersey Shore Arts Center.
The event was a benefit the Center’s new Culinary Center for Visually Impaired & Special Needs Individuals. This new service will be housed in the Center’s 3rd floor and provide a state of the arts and industry-like setting for students to learn about kitchen and restaurant management.
Directing the event since its inception was Fran Appolloni of Ocean Grove who recalls the events first few years with about 60 runners.